Mumbai IT professional stalks designer, rings her doorbell at 2am, arrested
The Mumbai Police on Monday arrested an IT professional, who allegedly followed a fashion designer up to her house, rang her doorbell, and stood outside her building late on Sunday, days after a disc jockey was stalked and harassed in Chandigarh allegedly by the Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son.
Aditi Nagpaul, a resident of posh Shastri Nagar in Lokhandwala, said the incident took place on Veera Desai Road when she was returning home in her car with her two children.
Niteshkumar Sharma, 36, according to police, saw the car and started following her. The CCTV footage from the building shows the man standing outside, they added.
Sharma, a Malad resident, left the spot only after Nagpaul raised an alarm, said senior police inspector Bharat Gaikwad.
“He dint have any fear in his eyes, a fear of being captured by security cameras, interrogation by security guards or threats of Police! He just hung around coolly in his car long after the incident very comfortable in getting his pictures clicked! (sic)” Nagpaul wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
Nagpaul immediately approached the police at Amboli, who filed an FIR under section 354 (D) (stalking) of the Indian Penal Code. The police sent out a team and traced the man on Monday night.
Chandigarh resident Varnika Kundu was allegedly stalked by Barala’s son Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar while she was driving home on August 4 at around 12.30am.
Twitter users were quick to react, demanding action. Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit thanked the police after they arrested Sharma.
Cases of crimes against women have been on the rise in Mumbai, which is considered to be India’s safest city for women to travel alone, even at night.
According to data, 2393 police complaints were registered under Section 354 and 509 (molestation and outraging the modesty of women) of the IPC until November 30, 2016. The number of complaints about molestations was 2002 and 391 offences were registered for outraging the modesty of women.